The Joint Scientific Meeting run by ARC and the British Herpetological Society (BHS) will be held at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society museum on Saturday 1st December 2018. This is a very popular one day conference with science and research based presentations from the UK and overseas and ends with a raffle which raises funds for various great herpetofauna related causes. 


0930-1000 Arrival, registration and coffee
1000-1005 Welcome – Prof Richard Griffiths, ARC Trustee

Dragons feel the heat: the ecology of tropical lizards under climate and land use change - James Hicks, University of Nottingham


Little Houdinis: An investigation into the limitations of bottle trap design and its implications for amphibian conservation – Nathan Nicholls, DICE, University of Kent

1055-1120 A multi-species approach to identify landscape conservation priorities – Robert Ward, ARC
1120-1200  Coffee

Modelling the relationship between native amphibian species and the non-native marsh frog Aidan McKay, DICE, University of Kent


Effects of artificial refugia characteristics on slow-worm detectability – Victoria Harrison, DICE, University of Kent


Natterjack toad (Epidalea calamita) monitoring and conservation in Ireland – Marina Reyne, Queen’s University Belfast

1320-1445 Lunch
1450-1515   Pool frog reintroduction: an update. – John Baker, ARC/Independent Consultant

Factoring amphibian behaviour and habitat structure into chytrid mitigation strategies -David Daversa, Zoological Society of London/University of Liverpool

1540-1615 Saving the iguana islands of the Turks and Caicos– Sarah Havery, RSPB
1615-1700 Coffee and departure 


On FRIDAY 30th November there will be a chance for socialising over a meal and drinks at a local restaurant. Although we WILL NOT be taking payment for the meal online please indicate during registration if you are interested in joining us. Details of arrangements for the meal, including venue, prices and payment arrangements will be sent to registered attendees only in late October. Meal places are limited to around 30 people. Please e-mail [email protected] if you have any questions.


Exhibitors and vendors are welcome, by prior arrangement only. If you would like to have a stall or to present a poster or display please contact John Wilkinson on 07810770560 or [email protected].

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Payments are non-refundable after Friday 9th November

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

Members ticket (BHS, HSI, ARC Friend or ARG)

Decrease Increase £25.00

Students or Concessionary ticket

Decrease Increase £25.00

Standard ticket

Decrease Increase £40.00